Why You Should Forget the ‘Finished’ Piece

I thought I would write this blog as it is another theme I have picked up on in my teaching experience, the obsession over the final piece.  I think we all like the idea of working towards a finished developed piece of artwork and there is nothing wrong with this.  It is just sometimes as beginners it might be better to approach smaller chunks at a time by doing several small things like sketching, drawing exercises and colour mixing, rather than being fixed to the idea that we have to complete final pieces and to perfection because this may not be realistic.

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4 Unhelpful Ideas About Art Classes

I have met some learners who sign up for art classes with some unhealthy ideas which end up restricting them along the way.  I thought I would share some of these thoughts and give my ideas on why they hold people back.

‘I Don’t Want to Spend Money On Materials’ 

I meet several learners who are on a budget, which I understand.  I am not a tutor who tells students to go out and buy everything (and I have met ones like this).  I think this is unrealistic for those on a budget and you don’t have to buy everything or even the most expensive materials to get good results.

There is a line however where it becomes limiting, when a learner just doesn’t want to spend anything on materials.  You can’t expect to learn about materials and experiment if you won’t buy more than one pencil and a sketchpad! Now if you just want to draw fair enough, make sure you do a drawing course and just that, otherwise some purchases will be necessary.

You should expect to buy some art materials on an art course
You should expect to buy some art materials on an art course

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